Gators football: Tyreak Sapp, Elijah Blades enroll at Florida, join 2021 fall camp

By Adam Silverstein
August 13, 2021
Gators football: Tyreak Sapp, Elijah Blades enroll at Florida, join 2021 fall camp

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Though the Florida Gators are already well into fall camp, the football team added two prominent names to its roster on Friday. Four-star 2021 defensive lineman Tyreak Sapp (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and Texas A&M transfer cornerback Elijah Blades (Pasadena, CA) officially joined the program ahead of the weekend with Sapp already stepping onto the practice field.

Sapp, the No. 100 overall player in the Class of 2021, was unable to join Florida earlier as he needed to pass through the NCAA clearinghouse with his final transcript. As such, he could not enroll for the Summer B semester as many freshmen do but has formally joined the program for Fall 2021. He will start classes in a couple weeks but was able to begin practicing with the program on Friday.

Blades, the No. 4 JUCO prospect from the Class of 2019 and No. 48 overall recruit in the Class of 2017, entered the transfer portal in June and announced he was joining the Gators last week. He has officially enrolled in Florida after achieving his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M on Aug. 12. It is not known if he was at practice on Friday, but he should join soon if he has not already.

Though Blades was already expected to make an instant impact for Florida as a veteran defensive back, his talents are needed even more urgently now that junior Jaydon Hill has been ruled out for the season with a torn ACL. Blades will compete immediately with five-star freshman Jason Marshall, redshirt freshman Avery Helm, junior Jadarrius Perkins (a transfer from Missouri) and redshirt freshman Ethan Pouncey for playing time across from sophomore Kaiir Elam.

Sapp was the third-highest ranked prospect in the Gators’ 2021 class behind Marshall and four-star EDGE Jeremiah Williams. Florida’s incoming class was ranked No. 12 nationally in the 247Sports Composite.

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